By M. Scott Morris
Comedy is a hit-or-miss kind of thing, and I must report that “Sex Tape” misses more than it hits.
Is it funny? Sure, just not as much as I’m sure audiences would’ve preferred.
It’s the raunchy, R-rated story of Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel), a couple who’ve always enjoyed the more physical aspects of their relationship.
Then they got jobs, got married and got kids, and the fun they once enjoyed at every opportunity became a rare and fleeting thing.
So they’re obviously excited when they get a free night, except something’s missing. This performance anxiety affects both of them until Annie comes up with the idea of making a sex tape.
The resulting video somehow gets uploaded to the “cloud,” that mystical place where data seemingly lives forever.
So Annie and Jay are in a race to recover their three-hour sex tape before the world sees it.
They have run-ins with their best friends (Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper), and an extended and odd visit with Annie’s potential boss (Rob Lowe).
Jack Black shows up to offer the most profane marriage advice I’ve heard in a while, and it sort of makes sense.
Diaz and Segel are seasoned comedic actors, so they deliver throughout the movie, but the material, which was partially written by Segel, doesn’t do them any favors. The “F word” has a lot of uses, but it was never meant to be a substitute for wit.
Still, Annie and Jay sucked me into their mad quest, where they must lose their dignity many times in order to save it once.
Had I found this movie on cable when I could’ve easily turned the channel, I’m pretty sure I would’ve stayed with “Sex Tape” just to see how it ended.
And at the end, I probably would’ve said, “That should’ve been funnier.”
I give “Sex Tape” a C minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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